Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Bookmarks versus dog ears: how you keep track of your reading – in pictures
From old gig tickets to toilet paper and £20 notes, almost anything can be co-opted as a bookmark, as as a recent callout for pictures revealed. How do you mark your place in books?
The humble “dog ear” was widely condemned by readers responding to a callout to share their bookmarking tips. The practice of turning down corners of pages was as sacriligeous to many as cracking the spines of books by lying them facedown. “Still smarting from seeing my friend turn down the corner of a page of my copy of Madame Bovary that I had loaned her,” lamented denisecaroline. “Cracked spines are the devil’s handiwork,” growled LeoToadstool. “Corner turning should be a capital offence,” agreed Paul Ward, who impressively “just” remembers where he left off. Robyn Morgan proposed “bus tickets, receipts, loo paper – anything will do” if it serves the purpose of avoiding the folding. That is, of course, if you can manage to hold on to the damn slippery things: “I have lost every single bookmark I’ve ever been given, so I just remember the page number. Scraps of paper feels rude to me...” said Rachel Quirke on Twitter. Here are some of our favourite examples of the objects you use to keep track of your reading